A Democratic mayor in Texas has bused more than twice as many migrants to the Big Apple as the state’s Republican governor — without a peep of outrage from Mayor Eric Adams.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser’s relocation program has sent 7,330 migrants to New York City since August 23, a spokesperson said Thursday.
That figure, current as of Wednesday, compares to 2,700 migrants Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said they’d bussed by September 23 — which they confirmed had grown to “over 3,000,” by Thursday — sent from the southern border region to protest what Abbott calls President Biden’s “irresponsible open-border policies.”
The migrants from El Paso account for more than 42% of the estimated 17,400 that have flooded into the city since officials became aware of the influx in May.
City officials expected nine buses to bring a total of about 500 additional migrants on Thursday but it’s unclear who chartered them, sources familiar with the matter told The Post.
Adams, a Democrat, has repeatedly attacked Abbott — calling him “inhumane,” “unethical” and “anti-American” — for sending migrants to Gotham since the first busload showed up without warning on Aug. 5.
“It’s clear that Gov. Abbott is attempting to make this into a political prop, using people who are seeking to live the American dream as the prop for him, and it’s just really unfortunate,” Adams said during a virtual interview for last month’s Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Texas.
But the mayor has notably never criticized Leeser, who revealed at a public meeting last month that Adams privately agreed during a phone conversation to “welcome” hundreds of migrants from El Paso on a daily basis.
Adams has also pointedly refused to blame Biden for the crisis engulfing the city, which has strained the homeless shelter system and forced officials to turn 42 hotels into emergency shelters.
Adams has accused Abbott of lying about when he started his relocation program and City Hall on Thursday suggested that could account for as many as 10,000 migrants.
“Despite his false claims, we know Gov. Abbott has been sending asylum seekers to New York City for months. This is an unprecedented crisis and must be reported accurately,” Adams press secretary Fabien Levy said.
Abbott’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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